MONDOVI — After a one day postponement due to rainy weather, the Elk Mound track and field teams competed under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s at the Division II regional meet held in Mondovi May 27. Both the boys’ and girls’ team advanced several individuals and relay teams to the sectional meet by placing in the top four of their event May 29. Team wise, the top eight places were tallied for team points with the Mounder boys finishing fourth while the girls were seventh, both in a field of nine teams.
Jonah Bauer began his journey to defend his state title in the 100 m dash with a win in 10.87 and another win in the 200 m dash (22.23), then ran a leg of the second place 4 X 100 relay with Noah Zurbuchen, Jordan VanSchoonhoven and David Ward (44.77). Caleb Kruger added a second in the 3200 m run (11:19.23) while Jake Johnson claimed a third in the 110 hurdles (16.62) along with Chandler Schreiber in the pole vault (11-06). Two relays were also third including the 4 X 400 with George Friberg, Hunter Johnson, Chase Morris and Aaron Maves (3:40.33) and the 4 X 800 had Kruger, Lucas Winter, Ryan Mohr and Nate Lind running the race (9:14.01) Hunter Johnson was the final qualifier with a fourth in the 400 m run (55.00).
Kruger just missed moving on in the 1600 with a fifth place (5:01.77) as did the 4 X 200 with Ben Mack, VanSchoonhoven, Zurbuchen and Ward (1:37.33) while Zurbuchen added a sixth in the 100 m dash (11.67) and Jake Johnson followed suit in the 300 hurdle event (43.45). Friberg scored team points with a seventh place in the 400 (55.71) along with Maves in the discus (110-04) and Tyler Brantner in the long jump (17-09.50). Final points came from five different athletes in eight place including Winter in the 1600 (5:15.07), Teegan Peterson in the 110 hurdles (18.64), Maves in the shot put (37-01.75), Bauer in the long jump (17-09) and Friberg tied in the pole vault (10-06).
Just missing in the point total were Tyler Brantner, ninth in the high jump (5-04) as was Nathan Kruger in the 3200 (11:45.95). Winter was tenth in the 800 (2:18.82) along with Peterson in the 300 hurdles (48.97) and Mack placed 13th in the long jump (15-11.75) and was matched by Andrew Benson’s triple jump (34-07.50). Ryan Krall threw the discus for a 14th place (93-11), Tyler Sahm finished 15th in the triple jump (32-04, Krall was 17th in the shot put (31-08.50) and Conner Maves was 20th in the discus (76-03.)
Moving on to sectionals for the girls were freshman Callie Nyren in the 200 m dash (28.25) and Elizabeth Fasbender in the 3200 (12:49.51) who both finished first. In second were Fasbender in the 1600 (5:50.76), Elly Friberg in the high jump (5-00) and the 4 X 200 relay with McKenna McVey, Friberg, Kami King and Nyren (1:51.12). The 4 X 100 relay also advanced with a third place with McVey, King, Friberg and Kourtney Zurbuchen and Friberg was fourth in the 100 m dash (13.60).
Narrowly missing a chance to move on by placing fifth were members of the 4 X 800 relay including Rachel Caron, Sarah Sweeney, Megan Krall and Jenna Storing (11:55.41). In sixth were Allie Weber in the 400 (1:06.08) and Jenna Heit in the 1600 (6:18.05) while seventh places came by Sweeney in the triple jump (30-00.25) and Taylor Deling in the shot put (30-02.25). Nyren added a team point by placing eighth in the long jump (14-04.25).
Heit finished ninth in the pole vault (6-06) along with Moriah Mauer in the long jump (14-04) and Mikayla Solberg in the discus (83-00) while Mauer was tenth in the triple jump (29-04.04). Zurbuchen was 15th in the long jump (13-03.25), Krall was 16th in the shot put (26-05.25), in 17th was Kassandra Jain in the discuss (72-06), Alex Jensen finished 21st in the shot put (24-09.50) and Jasmine Johnson was 20th in the discus (70-10).
BOYS TEAMS SCORES: Arcadia 141, Black River Falls 119, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 115.50, Elk Mound 89.33, Altoona 52,33, Mondovi 49, Bloomer 47, Neillsville-Granton 46.33, Stanley-Boyd 37.50
GIRLS TEAM SCORES: Black River Falls 109, Bloomer 93, Altoona 92, Mondovi 90, Arcadia 74, Stanley-Boyd 70, Elk Mound 70, Neillsville-Granton 57, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 38